The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) voted unanimously to endorse Terry Hines for Campbell City Council District 1 and Carol Hoffman for Campbell City Council District 2. The SCCAOR Board of Directors recognizes both candidates as aligning with our mission as a pro-housing and property rights association and are proud to offer them our endorsement. To get involved in either candidate’s race or if you are interested in any promotional material, such as lawn signs, please contact the candidate on their campaign website listed below.

Terry is a longtime resident and homeowner in the City of Campbell. He brings certain expertise on planning, zoning, and development from his time serving on the Campbell Planning Commission. His main priorities include economic development and recovery, increasing affordable housing, especially for young professionals, and public safety. Terry is a strong advocate for increasing ADU production as a great way to increase affordable housing in the City.

Statement from Terry:

 “Terry Hines is proud to receive the endorsement from the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS®. REALTORS® are an important part of our success in Campbell as they foster our shared principles and values. We share the goal for a strong recovery from the COVID-19 impact on our small businesses and housing. We will all help Campbell grow together with improved services and safety. Let’s stand stronger together!”


Carol is a longtime resident of Campbell with a passion for public service. She has Chaired the Campbell Civic Improvement Commission, graduated from the Leadership Campbell Program, serves on Campbell Rotary, and is the VP of the Campbell Police Foundation. Her main priorities include ensuring public safety, economic development, and recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic, and smart growth to help solve the region’s housing crisis.

Statement from Carol:

“I am happy to receive the endorsement from the Santa Clara County Associaton of REALTORS®. I look forward to working towards a common goal of making housing more available to our community.”



Wildfires continue to burn in Santa Clara County and surrounding areas. Many have been forced to evacuate their homes due to the SCU Lightning Complex fires in the eastern parts of the county and the CZU Lightning Complex fires in Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties.

Here are some helpful resources:

You can view an evacuation map here.

Air Quality Information that allows you to search by zip, city, or state.

If you have been affected by these wildfires and need assistance, you can apply for a grant from the California Association of REALTORS​® Disaster Relief Fund. This fund has been helping the REALTOR® family recover from natural disasters for more than 15 years. They provide grants up to $5,000 to help REALTORS®, their staff, and association staff who have incurred losses due to natural disasters.

Many insurance companies are ramping up prices or outright refusing to renew policies in fire-prone areas. C.A.R. has put together several fire insurance one-sheets to keep you and your clients informed about how to protect your homes, keep your insurance coverage and find new coverage when necessary.

Last December the CA Dept of Insurance implemented a one-year moratorium on insurance agencies not extending fire insurance on zones impacted by the fires last year. Unfortunately, this did not include Santa Clara County as we were not heavily impacted. Regardless, even in Santa Clara County, for an insurance agency to drop a client and not renew their insurance they must provide notification in writing 45 days before expiration.

Unfortunately, during a transaction, if an insurance agency refuses to provide insurance, they have that right and there is not much we can do. This is a larger issue of major insurance overall and policy change which would have to be done at the state level.



Need to reprogram or deprogram your lockbox? Want to upgrade to the eKEY? Or are you having issues with a eKey or lockbox? Schedule an appointment today with SCCAOR!

We currently offer contactless appointments for lockboxes and eKeys at both our San Jose and Gilroy locations.

San Jose Office
1651 North 1st St. San Jose, CA 95112
Lockbox/eKey appointments available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Gilroy Service Center
7901 Westwood Drive Unit J Gilroy, CA, 95020
Lockbox/eKey appointments available on Thursdays and Fridays

Book your appointment by selecting your preferred location below

Looking to purchase a lockbox? Click Here to use our SCCAOR Store Website.

After conducting extensive in-person interviews with potential candidates for the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® Board of Director and Officer positions, our Nominating Committee has made their choices for 2021 President-Elect, Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer. These candidates will join President  Doug Goss, who will automatically become President after having served as President-Elect in 2020 (This cycle will continue next year as the 2021 President-Elect will automatically become President in 2022).

2021 SCCAOR Officers:


The Nominating Committee also chose the following 2020 Director Candidates:

Gene Hunt
Jenny Zhao
Rick Smith
Ryan Alter
Sandy Jamison*
DeVonna Meyer (2021 SCRA Representative**)

* Per SCCAOR policy, the immediate Past President is given a three-year term.

**Per SCCAOR Bylaws, one director shall be designated by the South County REALTORS® Alliance to serve a one-year term from January 1,
2021 through December 31, 2021.

Petition: Candidates for officers or directors, other than those candidates selected by the Nominating Committee, may be nominated by written petition on a form from SCCAOR. You may pick up the petition form at SCCAOR. The petition must be signed by 150 or more REALTOR® members in good standing and be delivered to the Chief Executive Officer at SCCAOR not later than noon on July 31. If you have any questions, please contact Alma Moreno or Neil Collins at (408) 445-8500

Special Thanks to the SCCAOR Nominating Committee

Kevin Cole, Chairperson (Past President 2018)
Gustavo Gonzalez, Vice-Chairperson (Past President 2019)
Sandy Jamison (2020 SCCAOR President)
Stephen Theard (SCCAOR Treasurer 2019 & 2020)
Trisha Motter (Past President 2016)
Myron Von Raesfeld (Past President 2014)
Carl San Miguel (Past President 2013)
Barbara Lymberis (Past President 2012)
Karl Lee (Past President 2010)
Jim Myrick (Past President 2005)
Steve Hanleigh (Past President 2002)
Terese Ferrara, SCCAOR Member
Anne Hansen, SCCAOR Member

The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) voted unanimously to endorse Candidate Otto Lee for Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors District 3.

The SCCAOR Board of Directors recognizes Otto Lee as aligning with our mission as a pro-housing and property rights association and are proud to offer him this endorsement.

Otto made the following statement upon hearing the news of the endorsement. “At a time when housing is a major priority for our community, I am honored that the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® has endorsed my campaign for Supervisor. Our REALTORS® are in the business of fulfilling dreams, and it is important that all us, and our children, have an opportunity to have a home of their own. I will fight for better housing for all, and for our future. Thank you for your support.”

Otto has a strong understanding of REALTOR® Party issues as he has an active real estate license. Otto has a long history of serving the public. He has previously served as Mayor, Councilmember, and Planning Commissioner for the City of Sunnyvale and served in the U.S. Navy for several years.

He works as an intellectual property attorney in San José. Otto and his wife, Sally, reside in Sunnyvale with their three young daughters.

Otto is running for Supervisor to continue his lifelong dedication to public service, using his experience to improve Santa Clara County for everyone. As Supervisor, he will take real action to solve the problems that harm our community, including the extreme cost of housing, increase in homelessness, and quality of life issues like public safety and traffic congestion.

He would be serving the constituents in District 3, which includes Milpitas, parts of San Jose and Sunnyvale, and some unincorporated areas. Click here to find out if you live in District 3 and check your voter registration status.

The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® is pleased to announce the promotion of Tim Beaubien as Government Affairs Director.

“I am excited for this new opportunity and challenge,” Beaubien said. “I look forward to continuing to lead our advocacy team, representing our members and fighting for REALTOR® Party victories.”

Beaubien was originally hired in early summer 2018. He previously held the title of Government Affairs Associate and Government Affairs Manager for SCCAOR. He is well equipped with a strong background of REALTOR® Party issues and experience in the local political landscape. He recently finished his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Cal State Dominguez Hills giving him the added skills needed to be a successful Department Director.

“Over the last two years, Tim has grown so much in his Government Affairs role from Associate, to Manager, and now to our Government Affairs Director,” said Neil Collins, SCCAOR CEO. “His guidance was indispensable during the Counties Shelter in Place Order. He was able to provide clarity to our members and successfully negotiated for key services like photography, inspection, and stagers to be added to the list of essential businesses.”

Outside of work, Tim enjoys many hobbies and is always ready for the next adventure. He loves to travel, hike, and enjoy the gorgeous wineries in the region with his girlfriend Ricki. Prior to COVID-19 you could always find him watching or playing a sport, with baseball and basketball being his favorites.

The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® would like to invite all primary REALTOR® members to apply to be a new 2021 Director for the California Association of REALTORS®.

Why should I be a C.A.R. Director?
It’s a great opportunity to meet with state legislators about important issues, gain valuable knowledge about what’s trending in real estate, and network with other real estate professionals.

What exactly will I do?
Directors will attend three C.A.R. meetings in 2021 to represent SCCAOR on the state level at various committee meetings. It is yet to be determined if the 2021 meetings will be held in-person, virtually, or a combination of the two. The spring meeting has historically taken place in Sacramento and the other two meeting locations are yet to be determined.

Ready to apply?
Just fill out the online application. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

In early March, Jordan Nunes joined the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) as their new Government Affairs Coordinator. Nunes has been working under our Government Affairs Manager, Tim Beaubien, to help promote the political needs of our members and to help protect the rights of private property owners.

“I’m really excited to be a part of the SCCAOR team,” said Nunes. “I’ve been using my past experience to help create relationships with our members and local community leaders.”

Jordan attended Santa Clara University where he studied Political Science with an emphasis in Law and Social Justice. He then completed his Juris Doctorate at the Santa Clara University School of Law. During his time in law school he completed the Panetta Institute Fellowship where he was mentored for a semester by Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta.

“My time in law school really helped me learn how to synthesize complex information into digestible bites,” he said. “During the last few months I have done a lot of research on the shelter in place orders and other information from local and state governments. It feels great to be able to help our members by summarizing this important information in our Government Affairs newsletter and on our Transaction Resource Page.”

Jordan also has experience on Capitol Hill. He was a Senior Congressional Intern for Congressman Mike Honda, working in both the Capitol Hill and the District Office. He created and managed community outreach projects, managed issues between constituents and federal agencies, and also prepared memoranda for staff on Congressional briefings, committee hearings, and policy issues.

Tim Beaubien, SCCAOR’s Government Affairs Manager, said that Jordan has been an excellent addition to the Government Affairs team.

“He has a strong background in Silicon Valley politics through involvement on issues in his hometown of Santa Clara and previous work experience with Bay Area elected officials,” said Beaubien. “His background in campaigning and legal expertise has helped boost our SCCAOR advocacy efforts and also helped us continue to fight for REALTOR® Party values.”

In his free time, Jordan enjoys swimming and traveling. When he was in high school he completed a study abroad program in Japan, where he lived with a host family while attending school. 

“Traveling has really opened my eyes to the different cultures and experiences around the world,” he said. “I look forward to being able to travel again once we get past the current COVID-19 Crisis. I’d really love to go back to the Caribbean.”

Here at SCCAOR we are profoundly shocked and saddened by the death of George Floyd. Our deepest sympathies are with the Floyd family and countless others who share this pain and grief.

The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® strives to create an inclusive environment that represents our members and our community in Santa Clara County. We are an organization whose members and their clients are made up of an incredibly diverse group of people. We must strongly denounce any statements or expressions made that aim to divide our community and nation. Peaceful protesting is an American right, but we also cannot support those that want to do harm to our communities, especially during these difficult times when small businesses need our support more than ever. Vandalism, theft and violence is never acceptable behavior. We need to pull together and support our communities.

SCCAOR members and all REALTORS® nationwide abide by a strict code of ethics that calls on us to respect all individuals and to not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. REALTORS® have consistently been and will continue to be champions and a voice for fair housing and equality. We must never forget this and the importance of equality and opportunity for all in housing and life.

We truly appreciate everything that our members do for this community. Thank you for continuing to promote equality and inclusion as you go about your work. Let’s keep the dialogue open as we try our best to work together towards creating a better life for our community, a better life for our clients, a better life for our families, and a better life for ourselves.


Sandy Jamison
SCCAOR President

Last Updated 5/11/2020

Representing buyers? Follow these 12 steps to ensure a smooth process during Shelter in Place.

1) Business Development/Prospecting
First, reach out to your sphere of influence. Be sure to show empathy and care. You are there for them, and not just for real estate. You can still market digitally, by direct mail, or via phone, text or email. Become the COVID-19 market expert.

2) Initial Consultation
Can be done virtually, via Zoom, Google Meet, WebEx, Facetime etc. It’s good to be familiar with multiple platforms so you can communicate with your client in their preferred format. This is a great opportunity to build rapport with the client. Determine needs and wants. Provide an overview of the process and market conditions.

3) Loan Pre-Approval
Can be done virtually, ask a lender to get a COMPLETE underwritten approval. This takes longer but is well worth the effort. Update your prequalifications on a more frequent basis during the COVID-19 pandemic.

4) Home Shopping
Virtual Showings only unless a virtual showing is not feasible, then you may hold a private showing with no more than two people at a time that are sheltering in the same household. If occupied, all occupants must leave the property before it can be shown. Buyer Agents and the Buyers should each sign the C.A.R. Form PEAD (Property Viewing Advisory Disclosure) for each property they are showing and send a copy of the signed forms to the Listing Agent on the date of the showing.

5) Make an Offer
Offers can be submitted virtually. Agents can present via Zoom, etc. Negotiate with the SIP in mind. Discuss timelines with the lender to understand what can and can’t be done.

6) Open Escrow
Escrow officer will order a Preliminary Title Report and send copies to both parties. Buyer funds are deposited into an escrow account.

7) Inspections and Property Condition Review
Review seller disclosures and complete your own set of inspections: property, roof, pest, etc.

8) Loan Underwriting and Appraisal
Underwriter reviews files and appraisals are ordered. Some lenders are using desktop or external view appraisals while in SIP.

9) Remove Contingencies
After property inspections and loan documentation confirmation are approved, contingencies are removed.

10) Final Review
During SIP, you should make every effort to do this virtually. If you are not able to do it virtually, you are allowed to do a final walkthrough with two people at a time that are sheltering in the same household at a time when the occupant is not present in the residence.

11) Sign Off and Loan Funding
Virtually sign off documents. Check with your lender if an out of state e-notary would be acceptable.

12) Record/Transfer Title and Close Escrow
Deed will be e-recorded in Santa Clara County. Expect some delays in processing.


Have a listing? Check out our 8 Simple Steps for Listing During Shelter in Place.

We also recommend visiting our Transaction Resource Center to stay up-to-date with all the latest news that is affecting your business.